My Favorite Spot On Campus

I hear the sound of the reeds as they brush against each other. A bull frog’s croak and a bird’JenniferBioPictures cry to another breaks through the air. The wood is warm beneath me as I sit on the dock. I look down into the water and see small striped fish swimming. As I turn my attention to my own reflection in the water, a turtle surfaces its head and looks at me, interrupting my thoughts. The sun gently beats its warm rays on my face as I look up towards the sky and take a deep breath in..and then exhale the moist Florida air. I like to come here, take a break from my homework, and just take in the peaceful scenery of the lake and wildlife. Its when you stop yourself from the hustle of school life and take a good look around you that you realize how great the diversity of wildlife we have here at the college. It really is quite wonderful.

If you’ve never stopped by the dock, take the time to do so. It is located by the environmental center on the Venice campus. I don’t think you will regret it :)

Use Your Resources

It’s that time again! Time to start choosing your classes for next semester. Are you sure you’re picking the right classes though? I made the mistake of trying to pick classes on my own, and found out at the end of my semester that the credit was non-transferable. (Insert crying emoji here!) I am glad I caught that in my first semester. After that, I received help from the advising center, and here they helped me pick out the correct classes. They will sit with you, and make sure that you understand completely what classes you are taking, and why. The advisors are very friendly, understanding, and willing to help, and answer any questions you may have. What I appreciated most, was that they were very patient. I had so many questions, and each question generated another question. I was very confused, and worried they would give up, but they were persistent, and broke down everything for me. By the time I left, I felt confident in the classes I was taking. You can schedule an appointment with them, or walk-in, but it is first come, first serve, so I recommend you get there first thing in the morning. The place can get pretty packed. This semester is almost over, which means a new semester is coming up. See an advisor today!
Here is their number, if you’d like to call: 941-752-5035
Here is their site, if you’d like to find out more information or even schedule an appointment: http://scf.edu/StudentServices/advisingcenter/default.asp
You can also walk right in. They are located in building 1 room 101.

Walking Graduation

This little note is for those of you who are graduating this Spring. First off, congratulations! Once you get to the point of graduating, it seems like time flew by and you forget those early days when you just started college, those days of planning out classes for each semester, those exhausting nights when you HAD to stay up and study for the exam the next morning, and so forth. But now, you are just weeks away from either your half way point or your finish line!

Now, even though you are graduating, you have the amazing opportunity to walk at the ceremony on Friday, May 18th and be honored for your hard work. If you are planning on walking at the ceremony (which you totally should), the deadline to sign up is this Friday, April the 3rd. Simply go to www.scf.edu/graduation to fill out the form. Do it now before its too late!

The Hub

I have had several people say to me “I would really love to get involved, but I don’t know how.” The Hub is how! You can get connected to the hub through your SCF Connect. When you sign into SCF Connect, hit the “Student” tab. On the right side of the screen you will see a box that says “Student Life,” and inside of the box you will see “The Hub.” Click on it, and it will take you directly to The Hub. Here you can pick and choose what groups you would like to get notifications from. Depending on the group you decide to stay connected with, you will get event dates and any other information about the group you would like. I use it to stay in touch with PTK. They notify me about any meetings or events we have coming up. The Hub is great and helps keep me involved. Join a club today!

Here’s a direct link to The Hub. Check it out!: https://scf.collegiatelink.net/

Buddy Brew SRQ

Another great place to study and get some coffee is Buddy Brew Coffee! They just opened up a new location right in downtown Sarasota! They have indoor and outdoor seating with a lively and creative atmosphere! The prices are good and the employees are great!

Here’s their website: http://www.buddybrew.com

Check them out!

Last Seven Weeks!

And the countdown has begun!! For me it has at least. Only seven more weeks of the Spring 2015 semester! So exciting! This motivates me to push through and really concentrate on my studies so that I can finish strong. It’s easy to think, “Oh, I can skip a few classes here and there and I’ll be fine!” Or, “I’ll just skip this homework, it won’t matter.” Trust me, if you want a high grade in your classes, those points that seem insignificant right now add up at the end to determine your final grade in the class. It’s worth it to get to class on time, pay attention, do the homework, and learn the material. You will be proud of yourself when the last week of exams is over and you pushed through it.

Keep up the hard work guys, it’s going to pay off!

2015-2016 FAFSA Requirements

If you have submitted your 2015-2016 FAFSA application, make sure you have all green check marks in your financial aid requirements box which is located under your “student finances tab” on your SCF connect account. All green check marks means that all of your submitted documents were satisfied and that your on your way to getting money for the next academic school year!

If you have a red flag next to one of the requirements, then you still have documents that need to be submitted. If there is an exclamation point, you have incomplete documents. A yellow circle means that the documents are pending review and a red thumbs down sign signifies that your documents were denied or declined.

Check out your students finances tab to make sure you are all set to go with FAFSA application! If you have any questions about your financial aid requirements, please speak with a financial aid advisor in Bldg.100 on the Venice Campus! They will be happy to help you!

Congratulations Inductees!

On Friday, March 20th, about 100 students were inducted to Phi Theta Kappa, which is an international honor society for two year colleges. I was lucky enough to PTK inductionbe invited, to be part of this ceremony, and pledge into the group. Here we learned the history of Phi Theta Kappa, and what it means to be part of the group. Being part of Phi Theta Kappa is like being part of a new family, and I look forward to doing service with my fellow partners. I would like to say congratulations to all the other inductees of Phi Theta Kappa. I am excited to start a new chapter with everyone in PTK history.

Time Travel

What’s that you say? Time Travel? Why yes! It is this years theme for Spring Fling 2015!
Please join your fellow student government association Wednesday, March 25th from 10am-2pm at the SCF Venice performance amphitheater!

There will be free segway rentals, free mini golf, a professional DJ, along with food! Buy your food ticket for $5 from one of your student government representatives on campus. The money will benefit the SCF Single Parent Scholarship.

See you there!